I chose to model a figure after him simply because when I saw his pictures I thought he kind of looked like Dragon Hans Leiter:
The summer Fliegerkombi is the Dragon Krauer version; Schwimmweste, LkpN101 helmet, boots, shirt, armband compass, insignia and belt are all Dragon. Holster is the drop-style type from the BBi Ernst Wagner figure, the Splitterschutzbrille goggles and the oxygen mask are the excellent BBi ones from the Otto Schulz figure, and of course, the Sitzfallschirm parachute is the truly awesome BBi version that was sold both carded and also in the boxed Schulz figure. The only thing "wrong" with the parachute was the way they attached the seat cusion, which on the real one is held on by four snap buttons but is left dangling with some string on the BBi version. I turned it around so the strap coming up between the legs is better positioned and glued the corners down to the parachute body. Also, before I glued the cushion down, I cut a slit in the parachute and removed half the foam because it was just too overstuffed to look realistic. Gluing down the cusion completely hides that surgery.
I had wanted to do an Eastern Front mid-war, summer season Bf-109 pilot, fully kitted out with the life preserver and seat pack parachute, and Gollob as he would have looked during the Crimean campaign seemed perfect. I really wanted to use a Schwimmweste, which would have been required for pilots flying over the Crimea so close to the Black Sea, unlike many of their fellow pilots flying over landlocked Central Russia or Ukraine who usually chose not to wear one. The fact that Gollob was a Major and also had the Knight's Cross with Oakleaves and Swords at the time was merely icing on the cake. This figure is not based on any one single picture, but is just my take on how a Bf-109 pilot would have been dressed while in the cockpit (more on that later):
Some more mods: I also cut some slits on the underside of the Schwimmweste and removed all of the stuffing material, because these life preservers were obviously never inflated until needed. I also modified the LkpN101 flight helmet. I like the Dragon version: it actually fits on heads unlike the more detailed BBi Schulz version, which will only fit on very small heads or if you heavily modify it or cut off the ears on the heads. But the Dragon version has some QC issues in its fit as well and needs tightening in the back, which I did with some strategic cutting and regluing. To give it more detail I cut off the audio equipment cord from the BBi version and glued it to the back of the Dragon one. I also modified the throat mic so it sits right on the neck.